Hopelessly trapped at Yorktown, Virginia, British General Lord Cornwallis surrenders 8,000 British soldiers and seamen to a larger Franco-American force, effectively bringing an end to the American Revolution.
The one land escape was blocked by George Washington and his troops, and French naval ships were blocking the route by sea. Why was the Treaty of Paris important? Great Britain agreed to recognize the U.S. as an independent nation.
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